Thanks to Pete Lawrence for his review of the show at the Stables. “At The Stables there gig was a joyous celebration of all things soulful and funky. Absolute highlight was the Frank Collins led cover of Aretha Franklin’s gospel opus ‘With Everything I Feel In Me’.. spine-tingling brilliance. “ Read the full review
On stage, Frank is Kokomo's flamboyant crowd-pleasing front man, vocal arranger and choreographer. Behind the scenes, he has written a many of the band's original songs, notably Forever, Sweet Sugar Thing, A Little Bit Further Away and Follow (The Stars Will Bring You Home),
Along with Dyan, Paddie and Tony, he was a member of Arrival, who had a top ten hit with Friends in 1970. I Will Survive (a Frank original, not the Gloria Gaynor song) reached the top 20 later that year.
Uncomfortable with being pushed into a pop-oriented style, the members of Arrival formed the nucleus of soul- and funk-oriented sessions in London, and Kokomo was born.
Frank (often with Dyan and Paddie) can be heard on backing vocals on tracks by Bryan Ferry, Terence Trent D'Arby, Marianne Faithfull, Ian Dury, Alvin Lee, Gloria Gaynor, Alison Moyet, Marc Bolan, B.B. King, Tom Robinson and Bob Dylan.
These two gigs were pulled together at short notice but got a good turnout nonetheless. The best news was that Jim is back, and was on top form. However, Paddie couldn’t make it, so Charlotte Churchman stood in and did a great job, and brought a number from her repertoire – Stevie Wonder’s “What’s the
Rise & Shine and What’s the Fuss from the Wednesday night. More to come!
A few numbers from the first of two great nights at the Half Moon, October 2016
By general agreement, these were the best gigs since the 2014 re-union – two sold-out nights with crowds in the weekend mood helped. For the record, Mel Collins was back on sax (“Bet you don’t get a reception like that with King Crimson” said Frank), and Andy Treacey from Faithless was on drums. Two ‘new old’ songs were in the set: “What You Waiting For” (AKA Turn Up the Microphone”), an obscure Norman Whitfield disco track originally recorded by Stargard (video from the night here), and the Quincy Jones number “Stuff Like That”.
Read Craig Chaligne’s review on Louder Than War (he liked it).
Thanks to Steven Cropper for these great photos. Check out the rest of his work at www.transientlife.uk
From the the first of two sold-out nights at Half Moon, 14 October 2016